Hibbing Nordic consists of four, inter-connected groups: Hibbing Nordic Ski Team, Hibbing Nordic Ski Club, Hibbing Youth Nordic and Range Nordic Gliders.
Hibbing Nordic Ski Team
Since 2008, Hibbing High School has fielded a competitive Nordic ski team for boys and girls. The Nordic ski team races in Minnesota State High School League Section 7A along with other local teams from Duluth East, Grand Rapids, Ely, Mesabi East, Proctor/Hermantown, Duluth Denfeld, Marshall School, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and Two Harbors/Cook County. The competitive ski team practices daily from mid-November through mid-February. Competitive skiing is open to 7th through 12th graders from the Hibbing and Chisholm public school districts. Sign up occurs in the fall at the Hibbing High School Athletic Director’s office.
Hibbing Nordic Ski Club
Students who are interested in skiing, but do not want to compete, may join the Hibbing Nordic Ski Club. The Club practices three times per week from late-November through mid-February. Club skiing is open for 7th through 12th graders from any school district. Sign up occurs at a parent meeting held in early November of every year.
Hibbing Youth Nordic
Hibbing Youth Nordic is a program for 3rd through 6th graders to learn the basics of Nordic skiing. The Youth Nordic program meets on weekends from mid-February through early March. Youth Nordic skiers are taught by parent volunteers and members of the Hibbing Nordic ski Team. Practice usually ends with cookies and hot chocolate at the Carey Lake cul-de-sac. Sign up occurs in the fall and early winter through Hibbing Community Education. Youth skis are available for rent through the Hibbing Parks and Recreation Department.
Range Nordic Gliders
Range Nordic Gliders (RNG) is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to promote Nordic skiing in the Hibbing and Chisholm areas. RNG is a booster club for the Hibbing Nordic Ski Team, an organizing body for the Hibbing Nordic Ski Club and Youth Nordic programs, and a sponsor for trail improvements at the Carey Lake ski trail system. RNG was founded in 1998. Trail improvements sponsored by RNG over the years include lighting of the Black Forest loop, design of the Carey Creek trail and purchase of a new grooming system. Current initiatives are focused on securing a paid head coach position for the Hibbing Nordic Ski Club and building a Nordic ski chalet at Carey Lake. Donations to support our mission are welcome at any time – please contact Pete Kero!
Other silent sport organizations operating on the central Iron Range include:
Iron Range Off-road Cyclists
The Iron Range Off-road Cyclists (IROC) are a group of mountain bikers working to build, maintain and ride off-road mountain bike trails on the Iron Range of northeast Minnesota. By partnering with the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA), the goal is to build world-class single-track trails on natural and mine-land reclamation areas.
This group is organized to provide a structured organization for the purpose of promoting running as a sport and healthy lifestyle within our community. The club hosts group runs, fun runs, training runs and programs on the road and/or track, hosts education lectures about topics of interest for runners, provides awards for club members, hosts social events for members, and all such other things as may be conducive to the encouragement of running. The club also engages in community activities, to publicize by appropriate means, the benefits of running as a means of physical fitness to improve the health status of people in our community.
Join other local recreational road bike riders any Tuesday and Thursday evenings for an enjoyable community bike ride. The club is comprised of people of all ages, but is predominantly adults and families. No one gets left behind. Each night offers something a little different. The website will maintain a current schedule. Additional rides are organized by members.
Mesabi Outdoor Adventures
Mesabi Outdoor Adventures is a Facebook group dedicated to organizing and promoting non-motorized outdoor recreation in the communities of the Mesabi Iron Range.